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National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Nearly Everyone Uses Piezoelectrics -- Be Nice to Know How They Work

Caption: These two neutron scattering images represent the nanoscale structures of single crystals of PMN and PZT. Because the atoms in PMN deviate slightly from their ideal positions, diffuse scattering results in a distinctive "butterfly" shape quite different from that of PZT, in which the atoms are more regularly spaced.

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